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CCOC NewsNotes:
September 2018

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NewsNotes is written and published by CCOC's Membership and Communications Department. Your comments, submissions and suggestions are welcome. The deadline for submission is the 15th of the month. 
Call Adella Khan at 613-695-6922 ext. 251 or send an email.
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Register today for CCOC's Annual Walking Tour!

Ever wondered what's going on at LeBreton Flats? CCOC is excited to host a tour to discuss just that: the history of the land and its use, the re-imagination of the space over time, and how it's changing again now.

Each year, we’ve committed to getting outside to explore CCOC properties and the history of our community either by bus, bike, or on foot. This year, we’re walking!

Everyone is invited to join us on September 22, 2018. The walk is under 3 kilometres long and we'll be breaking it up so we walk less than 1 kilometre at a time. We’ll be meeting up at 9:15 a.m. sharp at 170 Booth to kick off the walk. The tour ends in the same spot. When we finish the walk, we'll host a wrap-up party in the meeting room of 170 Booth at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome, even if you can’t make it to the walking tour.

The tour features historian and author Phil Jenkins, City Councillor Catherine McKenney, and CCOC legend and local resident Catherine Boucher. More guest speakers and details will be announced closer to the tour date.

Register for the walking tour online, or call Adella Khan at 613-695-6922 ext 251
Participants in CCOC's bus tour last year

Labour Day - Office Closed

Le bureau de CCOC sera fermé le lundi, 3 septrembre pour la Fête du travail. Le bureau sera ouvert à 9h00 le mardi, 4 septembre.

The CCOC office will be closed on Monday, September 3 for Labour Day. We will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 4.

Bursaries for Aspiring CCOC Artists! 

The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) offers 15 bursaries each year for CCOC tenants and their family members residing with CCOC. Adults are eligible for a $150 bursary, and children are eligible for full course fees. Bursaries will be awarded according to need. Registration for OSA's 2018 fall term is now open.

Tenants who are selected for a bursary will have to pay the OSA membership fee of $30 and the applicable taxes. To apply, you must fill out an OSA bursary form. Forms are available at the Ottawa School of Art, located at 35 George Street. Please bring proof of your address. 

Who do I call if...?

Here's some helpful information to help you get in touch with the right person at CCOC. We publish this information each year in the CCOC calendar. Watch for your copy in early December! 

Call your Tenant Service Representatives at 613-234-4065 ext. 0 to report any damage in the building or maintenance issues in your apartment. You can also call the Service Desk with questions or concerns about garbage rooms, gardening, or if you are locked out of your apartment. If you're not quite sure who to call, the Service Desk is your first point of contact! They'll be sure to put you in touch with the right CCOC staff member. You can also email

Call your Rental Officer if you have questions about moving in or moving out. If you're having problems with a neighbour's noise or guests, please talk to them first. If you cannot sort the problem out together, call your Rental Officer next. If you witness crime in your building or see someone trespassing, first call the Ottawa Police at 613-230-6211. Then place a follow-up call to your Rental Officer so they know what's going on in the building. 

Speak to your building Custodian to reserve an elevator for your move, or if you need a locker assignment. Please note that Custodians do not take complaints from tenants, and are not able to let you into your apartment if you forget your key.

Call for Resolutions for CCOC's AGM

Do you have an idea about how CCOC could do something differently to make your housing better? Become a CCOC member and send in a resolution that will be voted on by CCOC members at our Annual General Meeting on May 16, 2019.  

Resolutions are expressions of opinion or intention that should be about something that applies to all CCOC buildings or tenants. For example, last year CCOC's membership adopted a resolution to review the suitability and availability of bike parking at all properties. Resolutions must be received 60 days before the AGM, they must be in writing, and they must have the name of the CCOC member making the resolution.  

Send your resolution to: CCOC, Attn: Ray Sullivan 
415 Gilmour Street, Suite 200
Ottawa, ON     K2P 2M8 
or email

All you need to know about bed bugs!

Bed bugs are becoming more common when living in a multi-unit building. CCOC wants your home to be bed bug-free. We need your help to make that  happen! Here is what to look for in your home:
  • Bed bugs are small, oval wingless insects. They are often a brown or dark red color.
  • Bed bugs can be found in many places around your home including your mattress, wooden furniture, and in the seams of fabric-covered furniture. 
Here are some tips to help prevent a bed bug infestation in your home:
  • Do not pick up furniture from the street. It is important to be very cautious of any “freebies” you may receive from neighbours, friends, and family. When you bring these things into your home you risk bringing in an item infected with bed bugs. 
  • Keep your home clean and clutter-free. When your home is neat and tidy it gives bed bugs fewer place to hide. It also makes it easier to spot the bugs. 
  • Frequent inspections are a great proactive way to reduce the chances of a bed bug infestation in your home. Check your bed and furniture for bed bugs regularly. If you travel, inspect your suitcase for any bugs that may have followed you home! 
If you ever suspect you have bed bugs or any other type of pests, let us know. We are happy to help! You can contact our Pest Control Coordinator, Dayna, at (613) 234-4065 ext. 247.

Get ready to vote in Ottawa's municipal election

Municipalities across Ontario are gearing up for elections on October 22, 2018. Residents in Ottawa are voting to elect the mayor of the city, the councillors who will represent them to City Council, and school board trustees. Your city government has a say in many things that impact your daily life: transit, affordable housing, parks, playgrounds, libraries, and water, to name just a few. This is a great chance to have your say in the future of the city!  

To vote in the upcoming election, you must be:
  • a resident of the City of Ottawa;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • not prohibited from voting by law.
The City of Ottawa will have many voting locations available on October 22. All voters must present a piece of identification that shows your name and address, such as a copy of your lease or a utility bill, to recieve a ballot at the polling station. If you don't have this ID, you can also sign a declaration of identity at the polls to receive your ballot. 

If you need any accessibility accomodations to vote or have questions about voting, please contact the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2660 or email More information on voting can be found at

Super Centretown Garage Sale

The Super Centretown Garage Sale is an annual collection of yard sales. Anyone is welcome to participate! Sellers are asked to donate 10% of their proceeds to the Centretown Community Health Centre. 

When: September 8 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Sales will be happening in the area bounded by Wellington Street in the North, the Rideau Canal in the East, Bronson Ave. in the West, and Catherine Street in the South.

Visit to view yard sales, add yours to the map, and learn more about the event.

West End Studio Tour

The West End Studio Tour is a informal tour of artist studios located in the west end of Ottawa. This free tour is organized annually by the artists themselves and accessible by walking, biking, or driving. More than 20 artists warmly invite you to experience their latest creations and the unique environments they created them in.

When: September 22 to 23 and September 29 to 30
Where: Find the participating artists at

Contact for more information.

CCOC Committee Meeting Schedule

During office renovations, please call CCOC at 613-234-4065 ext. 0 to confirm meeting locations. Locations may change from meeting to meeting. Note: CCOC will pay taxi fare and family care for committee members attending meetings.
Membership & Communications: September 4 and October 2 at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: September 11 and October 9 at 7:00 pm
Facilities Management Committee: September 13 (joint meeting with Finance) and October 11 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: September 18 and October 16 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: September 13 (joint meeting with FacilitiesManagement) and October 17 at 7:00 pm
Board: September 26 at 7:00 pm; October meeting TBD.
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